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First they came for the beaches, followed by the yoga. Then, savvy travellers around the globe descended upon Tulum, Mexico for the food – wood-fired cooking in the jungle that defied not only expectation, but also logic; many of the area’s restaurants lie off the power grid and rely entirely on modest generators and solar power.

This June, food-obsessed travellers can get a front row seat to see exactly how the masters of the Rivera Maya do it. Boutique hotel Casa de las Olas is hosting an Eat Retreat – a five-night foodie adventure that includes a suite, daily meals and the opportunity to not only break bread (or tortilla) with some of Tulum’s hottest chefs, but the chance to learn from them, too.

The ultimate foodie retreat in Tulum, Mexico

An Ocean View Balcony Suite at Casa de las Olas

The retreat features a cooking class with Eric Werner and Jamie Klotz of Hartwood, a restaurant that has been written about in every reputable food publication yet that has only one kitchen appliance (a blender), as well as a lesson with Claudia Perez Rivas of Cetli, where the mole sauces alone would make a swim across the Atlantic worthwile, let alone the 90-minute drive down from Cancún International Airport.

The ultimate foodie retreat in Tulum, Mexico

A cooking class at Cetli

Also on the agenda: a mezcal tasting, cenote and cave exploration, and a private tour of ancient canals with a local ornithologist (because when’s the last time you did that between meals?). The retreat takes place 1-6 June 2017 and comes with a warning: may cause intense urges to flee daily life and set up a restaurant of your own in paradise.

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